• Creative,  Fashion,  Lifestyle

    Natali’s Bohemian Style!

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    Mini Pots of Dirt Pudding!

    Here’s the recipe for the yummy dirt pudding we had for Emma’s birthday. This year we made individual cups.

    One package of Oreo cookies (16 ounces)

    1 cube of softened butter (1/2 cups)

    1 package of softened cream cheese (8 ounces)

    1 cup powdered sugar

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    2 – four serving boxes of chocolate fudge instant pudding

    3 cups milk

    1 tub of Cool Whip (12 ounce)

    Gummy Worms

    Cream together butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Set aside. Combine pudding mix and milk. Fold in Cool Whip. Gently fold together cream cheese mixture and pudding.

    In each cup put a layer of crushed Oreos, pudding, then Oreos again. Add half a gummy worm for decoration.

    Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.


  • ramble,  research,  writing

    How Pinterest is Threatening My Life

    If you haven’t joined the world of Pinterest yet, you’ve probably still seen the snapshots of tasty treats on Facebook. It’s like the devil himself tempting me in one of my most vulnerable spots…my stomach. Seriously, chocolate chip cookies with a warm, melted Rolo inside. I’ll admit, I’ve made them…twice. And they were even better than the picture!

    And then there are the pretzel crusted brownies. My daughter and her friend made these bad boys. WOW!

    They say obesity is threatening our lives. Pinterest is a cause of obesity. You do the math.


    I can hear you all saying, “But what about all the healthy recipes?”


    I’ve seen them. But…I’m yet to make any of these. After all, I’m full from the brownies and cookies.


    There are some non-calorie perks to Pinterest. I’ve started a board for a few of my manuscripts, and it’s great fun to find things my characters would see or love and pin them to the board. The other day I stumbled upon a chair that would delight Ruth! I think I’ll give it to her. I’m a writer…I can do that.

    Pop on over to my Pinterest page and take a look for yourself. Then come back and let me know how you survived.


  • family,  research,  writing

    Another Experimental Dinner

    I’m an all in kind of person, which sometimes causes my life to look like a swirls of colors blending together. Our homeschool history topics have always had a way of slipping into our meal, movie picks and free time choices. Now that I’m writing a historical, our home has taken on certain elements of the 1930s. So last night my kiddos and husband became my depression era research tools.

    Lentils and rice, beef with olive oil and lemon, lettuce with olive oil, lemon and oregano.

     Meal time is often an adventure in the Nelson home. If you don’t believe me, check out this earlier post. I’m finding I refer to food a lot in my current manuscript. So, of course, I had to try feeding my family the way Miriam McCallister (the mother in my work-in-progress) would have fed her family.

    I went to the internet for ideas. What a treasure I discovered on Youtube! If you haven’t watched Great Depression Cooking with Clara, make sure to do so. In fact, I’ve added her explanation of the meal I prepared right here.


    Granted, my characters would probably not have had access to lemons, but starting the family off with a “feast” seemed the kind thing to do. And guess what. They really liked it! They even liked the lentils and rice once they added a touch of salt.

    One thing I learned, lentils really grow.  They’re like the Incredible Hulk, small and unimpressive one moment, then trying to burst from the pot the next. We’ll be eating lentils and rice again tonight. And maybe again tomorrow.

    I have a tendency to cook more elaborate meals with many ingredients. Clara’s meal was easy and I felt good about feeding it to my family.  I think we’re ready to go deeper into our research.